“A robust meat-and-potatoes amp that can survive daily gigs, performs well in the studio and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg”: Peavey Classic 20 Combo review

Revamped and downsized in all the right places, the Peavey Classic Series delivers bluechip tube tones at blue collar prices

Peavey Classic 20 Combo Amp
(Image: © Peavey)

Guitar World Verdict

With its two-channel design that delivers pristine clean and aggressive overdrive/distortion tones, both with boost, the Classic 20 112 is a highly attractive and affordable working class amp with an impressive variety of useful additional features.


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    Lush-sounding digital reverb.

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    Direct USB and XLR outputs with mic simulation.

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    Easy to dial in levels for channels 1 and 2 without affecting tone or gain.


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    Shared EQ for both channels.

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    Need to purchase additional footswitch controller to engage channel/boost and reverb/fx loop.

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    Plastic footswitch controller and short power cable.

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When Peavey introduced their Classic series tube amps in the Seventies, the models were inspired by classic Fifties and Sixties designs but featured original circuits and features. Now that Peavey Classic amps have been around for five decades and evolved over the years, they’ve become classics in their own right.

The Peavey Classic 50 was a mainstay of Peavey’s guitar amp lineup for many decades, but recently the company has revamped the series with some downsizing (the good kind). Currently, the Peavey Classic series consists of the Classic 30 112 combo, Classic 20 MH mini head and their newest entry, the Classic 20 112 combo, which is the model we auditioned here.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.